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Suzanne Anker

Andrea Ruggieri Gallery

For several years now, New York artist Suzanne Anker has been casting exquisite sculptures in bronze, aluminium, and iron. In order to explore the relationship between nature and culture, she combines found objects such as automobile parts (horns, springs, funnels) and natural elements (branches, leaves, vines). Though it is Anker’s intention to create juxtapositions that resist visual metamorphosis into quasi-Surrealist or fantasy objects and thereby to expose the deep ideological opposition between nature and culture, as her latest works attest, she does not always achieve these ends. In her small cast-bronze work titled Material Instinct, 1990, a hand-sized stone made to stand on sprouting flower bulbs as if they were legs, resembles a fantastic crab.

Fixed Gaze, 1989, and Triton, 1990, do, however, animate the nature/culture dialectic. In Triton, oyster shells have been “stitched”

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